Other Useful Links
word-detective.com -- a great site for learning about words. Evan Morris comes from a famous family of word researchers. People write to him with questions about mysterious words they've come across. He finds out the meaning, the word's history, and usually some great stories about the word. He's also funny.
http://webster.commnet.edu/grammar/vocabulary.htm -- "Building A Better Vocabulary" -- a very rich site, with ideas for how to learn new words regularly, a list of common Greek and Latin roots, prefixes and suffixes, quizzes on college level words, and loads of links to other good sites. Try the link to the excellent on-line Merriman-Webster dictionary. (BTW, this page also links you to two other very helpful sites for grammar and writing. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and hit "Principles of Composition" and "Guide to Grammar and Writing".)
http://dictionary.msn.com -- another dictionary site --not as complete as the Merriman-Webster site mentioned above, but has a nice feature -- it will say the word to you.
http://voices.cla.umn.edu/authors/SandraCisneros.html -- Do you want to know more about Sandra Cisneros? How much of The House on Mango Street is really about Cisneros' own life? Where did she get her ideas? Why did she write the book? What else has she written? All this and more can be found on this web page. It's part of a site called "Voices from the Gaps", which looks at the lives and the works of women writers of color.
http://www.lasmujeres.com/sandracisneros/ -- another web site about Sandra Cisneros. This one is more academic but also has a lot of information about her life and works. It's part of a site that looks at famous Latina women.
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